RUSSIA has hit back at the US over military spending, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Moscow of corruption and of wasting public money aiding Venezuela.
Mr Pompeo’s scorn came after Putin sent two nuclear-capable bombers to Caracas on Monday. He sent two Tu-160 bombers, along with an Antonov An-124 military transport aircraft and an Ilyushin II-62 long-haul plane. Mr Pompeo said the show of support for socialist President Nicolás Maduro was “two corrupt governments squandering public resources".
The Kremlin bit back, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointing out the US’s own huge military spending.
He said Mr Pompeo’s words were hypocritical coming from a country “half of whose military budget would be enough to feed the whole of Africa”, according to reports.
The Russian government also called Mr Pompeo's words “completely inappropriate”.
Mr Peskov's comments will fuel the building tension between the two cold war powers.
Russia has previously accused the US of military muscle-flexing through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its war games.
Meanwhile, the US has accused Putin of military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.